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Detroit Windsor Tunnel Renovations Begin

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Detroit Windsor Tunnel Renovations Begin

The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel will be closed for 9 full days between October 20, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. and October 30, 2017 at 5:30 a.m.

A new ceiling will be constructed in the river section of the tunnel. Time has taken its toll on the surface, as the ceiling slab is over 85 years old and is showing signs of wear and tear due to moisture, road salt, exhaust, and the impact from trucks. The typical in-service life of a ceiling slab in tunnel construction is approximately 75 years, so the Windsor-Detroit tunnel has done exceptionally well and remains structurally sound, but given the age of the ceiling, the slab in the river section requires replacement.

Tunnel Bus Service

During the period of full closure (October 20, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to October 30, 2017 at 5:30 a.m.), there will be no tunnel access and therefore no Transit Windsor Tunnel Bus or Special Event service to and from Detroit.

The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel will reopen on October 30, 2017, at which time Transit Windsor will resume service with the following restrictions:

  • October 30 – November 22: The tunnel will be closed nightly from 8:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday to Thursday; the Tunnel Bus will end its service with the 7:00 p.m. round trip from Windsor and resume once the tunnel reopens the following morning.
  • November 23 – November 26: The tunnel will be open to traffic and the Tunnel Bus and Special Events Bus will run their normal schedule.
  • November 27 – December 23:  The tunnel will be closed nightly from 8:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday to Thursday; the Tunnel Bus will end its service with the 7:00 p.m. round trip from Windsor and resume once the tunnel reopens the following morning.
  • December 23 – January 1, 2018: The tunnel will be open to traffic and the Tunnel Bus and Special Events Bus will run their normal schedule.
  • January 2 to mid June 2018: The tunnel will be closed nightly from 8:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday to Thursday; the Tunnel Bus will end its service with the 7:00 p.m. round trip from Windsor and resume once the tunnel reopens the following morning.

During the nightly closure portion of the construction project, Transit Windsor will use the Tunnel to take passengers to any Special Event and will use the Ambassador Bridge for the return trip home.  Special Event transit service will continue for 30 minutes following games and concerts, and Transit Windsor strongly advises patrons to return to the dedicated pickup immediately following games and concerts to avoid having to find an alternate ride home to Canada.